Back pain is a problem that affects millions of Americans. When you have back pain, you are unable to do the activities you love, causing other areas of your life to suffer also. Simple task like picking up a child, sitting at a desk, putting on clothes or getting out of your vehicle may become troublesome. There are a wide variety of causes of back pain and injuries, such as heavy lifting, poor ergonomics, pregnancy, social activities, and other everyday stressors.
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTORS HELP YOU? If you experience severe back pain or milder pain that lasts more than a few days, you should consult a chiropractor. Your chiropractor can recommend a treatment plan specific to your needs to get you out of pain and keep you that way. The majority of people undergoing chiropractic care, get back to their normal activities faster than if they did not see a chiropractor and choose to wait it out. Following are just three of the many treatment techniques chiropractors may use to help you eliminate your pain.
1. Manual therapy/ Adjustments - When a joint becomes restricted from its normal range of motion, your chiropractor may conduct adjustments or manual therapy to help regain motion in the joint in question. This can be accomplished through passive stretching, or manipulation that helps to gap the joint space and relieve pressure. This will help to reduce pain, decrease tension in the surrounding muscles and restore proper alignment of the joint.
2. Soft Tissue Therapy - If tight muscles and fascia are leading to your pain or discomfort, your chiropractor may utilize soft tissue therapy. Soft tissue therapy includes techniques such as trigger point therapy (applying pressure directly to the area of muscle that has the most tension until it releases), active release technique (the muscle is stretched while pressure applied at certain areas), or instrument assisted therapy such as myofascial release ( where a tool with specific edges is used to strip tension and adhesions out of musculature).
3. Rehabilitation Exercises/ Education - Your chiropractor will provide simple yet effective exercises to do in the office and at home to help stabilize your joints, keep your muscles tension free and help prevent your pain from returning. They can also help to educate you on how to maintain good posture, the best techniques for lifting, and other ergonomic tips to incorporate into your daily life.
Some people choose to "push through it" or "tough it out" when it comes to back pain. Usually this just makes the issue worse and harder to fix down the road. It is important to find the cause of the pain and fix it instead of just masking it with medications to decrease pain. Chiropractic care should be considered first when decided how to treat your back pain.
If you are looking for a chiropractor in the Lancaster County, PA area who knows all the techniques above and can help you get back to the activities you love; contact Optimum Chiropractic & Fitness.